I hate having bad meals. I mean I really hate it. Some people (perhaps, D) have a higher tolerance for poorly made food, but I do not. Just the other night we had dinner at the Pub attached to our hostel in Newcastle and the food was beyond awful. If even D agrees it’s terrible I know it’s not just me overreacting.
I ordered a Thai Tiger Prawn Coconut Curry which had no tiger prawns in sight. The not even medium sized shrimp in the dish cannot be called a tiger prawn – that is simply an insult to the tiger prawns out there.
Dave ordered a chicken tikka masala – a dish that is generally easy to master here in the UK and that was completely flavorless. As if the flavor had been intentionally sucked out of the dish.
Now I love food and hate to leave any of it on my plate, but this dish I could barely get started on. It was just gross. And while D’s was at least edible it was completely bland.
It just drives me crazy. Why open up a food establishment if you’re just going to poison your guests with garbage? Are you with me?
Just another reason to cook your meals at home yourself. I don’t have that luxury anymore (we’re back to traveling), but while I was home last month I tried to cook while I was home.
For lunch I made myself this tomato, red onion and fig salad a few times. The combination of flavors is awesome and it only takes a few minutes to make. Figs and blue cheese were made to be together.
The sweetness of the figs perfectly balances the strong flavor in the blue cheese. The stronger the blue cheese the better. I used a roquefort and that was the best. The tomatoes, red onions and arugula are simply the backup singers to this winning duo.
Trust me on this one. You’ve got to make this salad for lunch.
- 1 tomato, cut up
- 4-5 figs, thinly sliced
- a little bit of red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 bag of baby arugula
- 2 tablespoons roquefort or other blue cheese, cubed
- salt, pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- splash of balsamic vinegar
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy!